Note: These Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are not suitable for School of Management courses. For Pre-sessional EAP courses leading on to a master’s degree in the School of Management please visit this page.


Our Pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses are open to international students who do not already meet the English language entry requirement for their Cranfield course and wish to gain an insight into academic life before beginning their postgraduate study.

Working with a team of well qualified and experienced tutors we will help you:

  • Improve your English language skills to satisfy our English language entry requirement.
  • Develop and improve your knowledge and use of academic English.
  • Prepare for the kinds of assignments you will complete on your postgraduate course.
  • Develop the confidence and skills needed to succeed in your academic studies.
  • Introduce you to life in the UK and to UK culture.

Course content and assessment criteria

Entry requirements

Please refer to each course section below, but note some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or your offer letter.

You must hold an offer for a postgraduate course to be considered for Pre-sessional courses.

Course content

  • Understanding the process approach to academic writing.
  • Developing critical thinking skills.
  • Developing effective reading strategies.
  • Extending writing and research skills.
  • Improving English grammar to support clear communication.
  • Delivering a variety of effective presentations.
  • Developing academic vocabulary.
  • Improving listening and speaking skills.
  • Using online materials to support essential independent learning.

Course structure

We are offer courses delivered live online or face-to-face on campus. Both delivery modes will require participants to be available at set times daily within a standard working week.

Assessment criteria

You will be assessed throughout and at the end of the course. You will only be able to progress to postgraduate study if you successfully complete the course.

The results from your Pre-sessional English course will be valid for entry to Cranfield postgraduate courses for two years.

Winter courses - On campus

These courses are delivered face-to-face on campus.

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or you offer letter.

20 week on campus course

Start date Tuesday 4 January 2022
Mid-course break Saturday 12 March 2022 to Sunday 20 March 2022
End date Friday 27 May 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI
Minimum 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all skill components).

Pearson - PTE Academic UKVI
Minimum 53 total (minimum 53 in all skill components).
Course fee £5,500
Application deadline Friday 26 November 2021

10 week on campus course

Start date Friday 18 March 2022
End date Friday 27 May 20222
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI
Minimum 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).

Pearson - PTE Academic UKVI
Minimum 59 total (minimum 59 in all skill components).
Course fee £2,750
Application deadline Friday 4 February 2022

5 week on campus course

Start date Friday 22 April 2022
End date Friday 27 May 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI
Minimum 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).

Pearson - PTE Academic UKVI
Minimum 62 total (minimum 59 in all skill components).
Course fee £1,375
Application deadline Friday 11 March 2022

Summer courses - Online

These courses are delivered via live online classes and weekly tutorials.

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or you offer letter.

10 week online course

Start date Monday 30 May 2022
End date Friday 5 August 2022
Entry requirements IELTS - IELTS Academic, IELTS Indicator or IELTS Online
Minimum 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).

TOEFL iBT - TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition or TOEFL iBT Paper Edition
Minimum 72 total (minimum 18 reading, 17 listening, 20 speaking and 17 writing).

Pearson PTE - PTE Academic or PTE Academic Online
Minimum 59 total (minimum 59 in all skill components).

Cambridge English Scale score - Cambridge B2 First, Cambridge C1 Advanced, Linguaskill General
Minimum 160 overall (minimum 160 in all skill components).

Trinity Integrated Skills in English - ISE II (B2)
Merit overall.

LanguageCert - International ESOL B2 Communicator or International ESOL SELT B2*
Pass overall (minimum 25 in all skill components).

Kaplan - KITE (Kaplan International Tools for English)
Minimum 410 overall (minimum 410 in all skill components).
Course fee £2,750
Application deadline Friday 6 May 2022

5 week online course

Start date Monday 4 July 2022
End date Friday 5 August 2022
Entry requirements IELTS - IELTS Academic, IELTS Indicator or IELTS Online
Minimum 6.0 (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).

TOEFL iBT - TOEFL iBT, TOEFL iBT Home Edition or TOEFL iBT Paper Edition
Minimum 78 total (minimum 18 reading, 17 listening, 20 speaking and 17 writing).

Pearson PTE - PTE Academic or PTE Academic Online
Minimum 62 total (59 in all skill components).

Cambridge English Scale score - Cambridge B2 First, Cambridge C1 Advanced, Linguaskill General
Minimum 175 overall (minimum 160 in all skill components).

Trinity Integrated Skills in English - ISE II (B2)
Distinction overall.

LanguageCert - International ESOL B2 Communicator or International ESOL SELT B2*
High Pass overall (minimum 30 in all skill components).

Kaplan - KITE (Kaplan International Tools for English)
Minimum 440 overall (minimum 410 in all skill components).
Course fee £1,375
Application deadline Friday 10 June 2022

* Both the Written and Spoken International ESOL B2 Communicator tests must be taken. The International ESOL SELT B2 includes all 4 skill components.

Summer courses - On campus

These courses are delivered face-to-face on campus.

Some of our master's courses have higher English language requirements, and you may be required to attend a longer Pre-sessional EAP course to achieve the required level for entry. We assess each application individually against the course requirements, please check the course page or you offer letter.

20 week on campus course

Start date Friday 22 April 2022
Mid-course break Saturday 2 July 2022 to Sunday 10 July 2022
End date Friday 16 September 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI
Minimum 5.0 overall (minimum 5.0 in all skill components).

Pearson - PTE Academic UKVI
Minimum 53 total (minimum 53 in all skill components).
Course fee £5,500
Application deadline Friday 18 March 2022

10 week on campus course

Start date Friday 8 July 2022
End date Friday 16 September 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI
Minimum 5.5 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).

Pearson - PTE Academic UKVI
Minimum 59 total (minimum 59 in all skill components).
Course fee £2,750
Application deadline Friday 27 May 2022

5 week on campus course

Start date Friday 12 August 2022
End date Friday 16 September 2022
Entry requirements IELTS Academic UKVI
Minimum 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all skill components).

Pearson - PTE Academic UKVI
Minimum 62 total (minimum 59 in all skill components).
Course fee £1,375
Application deadline Friday 1 July 2022

Visa requirements

On-campus Pre-sessional EAP courses

You will need to apply for a Student visa to be able to attend the Pre-sessional EAP course. You must have met all conditions of your follow-on course offer before we can issue you with a CAS number for an on-campus Pre-sessional course.

If you are attending a 5 or 10 week course we will issue a joint CAS number for both the Pre-sessional EAP and the follow-on courses. This means you will not need to apply for a new Student visa on completion of the Pre-sessional EAP course.

We will issue two separate CAS numbers for the 20 week course and your follow-on course, this is a UKVI requirement based on the duration of the Pre-sessional EAP course. This means that once you have completed the Pre-sessional EAP course you will need to apply for a new Student visa for your follow-on course. 

Our Student Immigration and Funding team will help you with the visa application for the follow-on course. You can begin your follow-on course while you wait for this visa to be issued.

Online Pre-sessional EAP courses

You cannot apply for a Student visa until you have completed your Pre-sessional EAP course. You will need to make sure you have met all other conditions related to your follow-on course before the end on the Pre-sessional EAP course. This will allow us to progress your CAS number promptly on completion.

How to apply

To apply you will need complete the form available below. You need to hold an offer for one of our postgraduate courses in order to make an application. The form will ask you to confirm the details of your course offer and your previous English language experience, and any tests you have previously taken.

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